Latest news and views on COVID-19, food systems and nutrition

We are bringing together news and resources related to the risks, responses and impact of COVID-19 on food systems and nutrition.


COVID-19 blog series: Opportunities for building back better food systems and nutrition

Lawrence Haddad, Jess Fanzo and Corinna Hawkes are curating this blog series to shine a light on the threats and opportunities for nutrition and food systems. 

Mike Nkhombo Khunga

In this blog, Mike Nkhombo Khunga - a Global Youth Advocate for Nutrition and the vice chair of the UN Food System Summit Action Track 5 - sets out ways that youth are already making a difference for nutrition in response to COVID-19 and beyond, calling for us to all create space for youth in local, national and global dialogues around food systems transformation... 

Corinna Hawkes, Stephanie Walton, Lawrence Haddad and Jessica Fanzo

In this blog, the authors give us a glimpse into the No Regrets project, which looks at more than 200 recommendations from 12 reports to identify a short list of food systems actions that need to be taken to improve diets across all dimensions of food systems, and will be an important component of building back better in the face of COVID-19...

Peiman Milani and Daniel Skavén Ruben

In this blog, Peiman Milani and Daniel Skavén Ruben of the Rockefeller Foundation highlight how COVID-19 fast-tracks much of the morbidity and mortality that is typically brought about in slow motion by poor-quality diets and provide examples of government-led actions to promote healthy, protective diets. 

Inge Kauer

In this blog, Inge Kauer, Executive Director of the Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI), highlights action areas for businesses to make positive changes for better nutrition and more healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems. These action areas are based on trends that emerged in initial research from ATNI's COVID-19 project which tracks action (and inaction) by food and beverage manufacturers in response to the pandemic... 

News, views and reflections

Lewis Bett

The situation report from GAIN's Keeping Food Markets Working programme synthesises insights on the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on food systems across ten countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda and Tanzania. This blog highlights key messages from the report, as of March 2021.

Geoffrey P. Johnston

This article highlights the negative impacts that COVID-19 has had on child malnutrition and food affordability, and reflects on what this means for achieving the SDGs, health and economic consequences, vaccine equity and the future of development policy...  

Has coronavirus changed school meals for ever?
BBC: The Food Chain

This podcast from the BBC's Food Chain series takes a look at how COVID-19 has impacted students who rely on free school meals - including the challenges and disappointments, as well as the technologies and innovations that have been used to meet new circumstances and children's needs, hopefully for the long term... 

Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI)

The third COVID-19 report from ATNI highlights corporate responses to the pandemic in India, Mexico and Nigeria. The report found that reporting by food industry on in-country efforts is less detailed than at the global level, but the most  widely reported on areas of corporate action are employee wellbeing and donations... 

Initiatives and responses

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO launched a new comprehensive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, aimed at preventing a global food emergency during and after the COVID-19 pandemic while working on medium to long-term development response for food security and nutrition.

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and partners

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and partners are collaborating to identify priority steps for enhancing food systems’ resilience in low and middle income countries. This work includes COVID-19 Food System Rapid Country Assessments, as well as Rapid Assessments for the seed sector...

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD)

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD) is pulling together announcements and responses to highlight how its members are taking extra actions in amidst COVID-19. 

Business Fights Poverty and Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Responsibility Initiative

This Business and COVID-19 Response Centre is designed to accelerate global learning and local action to support the most vulnerable in companies' value chains, communities and beyond. 

Additional resources

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has put together a helpful list of FAQs and responses on COVID-19.

The UN Standing Committee on Nutrition is managing a list of resources with a focus on nutrition and food systems.

This hub "aims to be a resource for all members of the SUN Movement to get informed about COVID-19 developments, at large.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has created a dedicated page with resources related to the impact of COVI

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